Apple wins injunction for iPads and iPhones in Germany

Apple has won a temporary reprieve against an original sales ban which stopped the iPad and iPhones being sold in certain parts of Germany.

The initial ban on selling Apple products in shops across the Bundesrepublik
came when Motorola appealed for an injunction against the iPad and the iPhone in December which was then enforced last week.

It meant that for the weekend at least Apple had to remove certain products from its stores until the temporary injunction was granted to them.

The iPhone products, including the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 as well as the iPad had to be withdrawn, although the iPhone 4S and the Wi-Fi iPad products were not affected.

Apple were able to overturn the Motorola ban following an offer to increase their licence payment, however patent lawyers believe this may only be a temporary reprieve.

The appeal was made by Apple because according to a statement: “Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago.”

Motorola meanwhile called on the restoration of the ban, stating that: “Although the enforcement of the injunction has been temporarily suspended, Motorola Mobility will continue to pursue its claims against Apple.”

It has been a mixed week for both technology giants with Motorola emerging victorious from a separate ruling that stated the iCloud and MobileMe were in fact infringing a patent relating to two-way communications.

If the ruling is enforced by Motorola then some Apple customers will lose the ability to receive emails sent straight away.

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